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Ultima Dry Glove System question

Discussion in 'Waterproof' started by Basking Ridge Diver, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Flying GS

    Flying GS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
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    The way it works for me is to:

    1- Fit the glove first
    2- wedge the bottom of the rings and hold pressed against my body
    3- lock the top by pressing glove ring and suit ring together with one hand

    Note: 1- The glove should not be fitted too short on the ring 2- The o-ring should be clean and lightly lubricated

    Taking the glove off, I pull quite hard on any part of the glove ring, it eventually pulls off!
     
  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I usually get the palm side of the ring hooked and then brace that against my chest or stomach and then reach over to the other side and clamp it home with my other hand. Once in awhile it pops apart as I am trying to press it together but that is usually when I am distracted and not focusing on getting the rings to mate.

    The alternative for a direct fit system would be the virgo which is like the glove lock system you had on your old suit...it is just bulky. There is someone on here selling a set for @ $75.00 if you wanted to play around with that setup.

    -Z
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
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    NO! The rings on the Ultima are big enough. Just have to figure out the trick of getting them on myself.
     
  4. Deep South Divers

    Deep South Divers Contributor

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    They're easy to snap on and off. Just hold one edge against your body and work the other edge with the fingers of your other hand.

    Watch at the 3:40 mark:



    Note that these Ultimas are loaded with SHOWA 660s, not 720s. This video was made before I found the 720s.

    Here's another video, made for a different reason - but in the beginning of it, I doff the rings:

     
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  5. Deep South Divers

    Deep South Divers Contributor

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    Here I do it at the 22:18 mark - while in the water - to diagnose a leak in the glove created by a sharp barnacle piece. Yeah, it happens once a season or whatever.



    These ARE 720s on the Ultimas... And as bulletproof as they are, they're not completely infallible. Note that I'm using no wrist seals on this dive... So the worst possible scenario has happened.

    I reattached it later in the video and continued the dive. Yes, I had a wet arm... But even with the hole, my arm wasn't as wet as it used to be back when I dove wrist seals and wet gloves.
     
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  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I’m still using the 660s. They work well enough for me.
     
  7. Deep South Divers

    Deep South Divers Contributor

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    Cool. They were my favorite before finding the 720s.

    The 720s are thinner, tougher, stretchier, more dexterous, warmer, and easier to get onto the rings. They're like $7. I highly recommend them.

    ...But if you don't switch, the 660 is still a great glove. :D
     
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  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
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    I can get the 660s at DRIS for $6-7. I’ve requested 720s multiple times from Showa. No response. It’s not worth the trouble to mess with it. I take a small or medium. When you’re not the standard size, the path of least resistance is the easiest.
     
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  9. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I know they have an online contact/online sample request page but most have found, just like you, that it doesn't work. If you call their 1-800 number to request the samples they are super responsive. They will send you whatever you request...multiple sizes of multiple glove models if you ask for them.

    1-800-241-0323

    -Z
     
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  10. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    You can get small 720s from Amazon for $1.56, but you should have the folks at DRIS install them. I just installed a pair of mediums and it took a lot of work. Large, XL, and XXL gloves can be installed in twenty seconds.
     
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